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7 Rocky Movies, 7 Facts

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04 October 2016
Did you know these facts about the seven Rocky movies?
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It was the movie that made Sylvester Stallone the star he is today – and he almost didn’t get the part. In 1976, Stallone starred as the title character in Rocky, the movie he wrote and refused to sell to celebrity-obsessed studio heads unless he got the main role.

It’s been 40 years since its release and has been followed by six sequels, the most recent being 2015’s Creed. In the latest instalment, Stallone reprises his legendary role but becomes a supporting character as he is sought as a trainer by the son of his late friend, Apollo Creed. 

Learn more abut the movies right here.

Before making Rocky, director John G. Avildsen had never watched a boxing match or a boxing movie.
Muhammad Ali was a big fan of the first movie – so big that upon the release of Rocky II he organised a private screening alongside film critic Roger Ebert.
Mr. T, who plays boxer Clubber Lang in Rocky III, was a bodyguard for boxers Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Leon Spinks.
During the filming of Rocky IV Stallone thought it would be a good idea if he and Dolph Lundgren really got into character by actually hitting each other. Good idea? Not so much. Lundgren hit Stallone so hard, he was hospitalised.
Stallone’s finale of the fifth film had Rocky dying after a fight, but once the movie began shooting the studio changed its mind saying, “Rocky’s not going to die. Batman doesn’t die, Superman, James Bond, these people don’t die.”
In Rocky Balboa, the sixth movie in the franchise, we learn that Rocky’s wife Adrian has passed away from cancer. However, in the original script she was still alive.
Creed is the first Rocky film not written by Stallone.
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Before making Rocky, director John G. Avildsen had never watched a boxing match or a boxing movie.

Watch Creed, your Sunday night movie on 9 October at 20:05 on M-Net and 20:30 on M-Net Movies Premiere.